Everyone calm down. Boston fans and sportswriters, take a deep breath. Everything is going to be fine, and, no, Boston does not need a European point guard to win next year.
Truth is, Boston is in a better situation than most people are giving them credit for, and this draft is not deep enough to fix something that really isn't broken yet.
With a few minor tweaks here and there, Celtics fans can expect to be back in the finals next season. Feeling better yet?
Look at this man's face. Take a good look.
Does this look like a guy who will be an old, out of commission player one year from now?
This picture is dated May 12. I think Ray can keep up this intensity a year from now; besides, we aren't asking him to shoulder this entire team, just shoot the ball!
Ray-Ray's shot, in a nut shell, is clutch. He has one of the most lethal releases in the NBA, and one of the most accurate three balls (a tres-banger in New Bedford) in the league.
By the time defenders realize he has pulled up for a shot, chances are he is already making a face similar to this one, getting ready to play "D".
No way should this guy go anywhere next year, no way—not after the series with Chi-town.
We beat the Bulls, and Orlando won't have nearly enough Magic up their sleeve to be able to contend with KG on the court.
Dwight Howard is a freak of nature, but having Mr. Garnett on the court will make it awfully hard for Howard to be as dominant as he was without KG around.
Pure intensity and experience aside, the threat of those fade-away jumpers (or Kevin taking it directly to the rim...hard) will be enough to distract Mr. Howard and open up opportunities for the other four to take short range shots and drive the lane.
Come on people, KG knows how to look great in a suit, but have we already forgotten what KG looks like in green and white shorts?
You can't even be serious with this one. I've heard rumors, but this one is pretty awful.
In recent Celtics history, Rajon Rondo is one of the best investments they have made, especially for the long-term. Rondo is KG's little buddy, and KG can keep him in check.
I've heard about the "attitude problem" he has, and I don't buy it. If he has one, it doesn't seem like it affected the team too much, and you can't tell me that Rondo, Allen, KG, and Pierce don't have amazing on-court chemistry.
Why in the name of Cousy, Parish, Ainge, Bird, Johnson, and McHale would you ever go for a Spanish point guard who has never played in the NBA and was born in 1990 over Rondo?
Rondo is a rising star, and it would be crazy to think he should be anywhere other than Boston next season. Did the Patriots look to trade Tom Brady after his first Super Bowl because he didn't make the playoffs the following year?
Drafting Rubio would end up being almost as devastating as the 1986 draft or when we traded Chauncey Billups in 1997. He would no longer be able to play after suffering a lethal case of shattered ankles at the hands of Skip to My Lou.
Honestly, keep Rondo around, that's really all that needs to be said.
Snag whoever you can for pick 58.
Jodie Meeks? Sure, give him a shot. This draft isn't anything substantial. If that point guard from Europe is going second overall, yikes. I've seen his footage and read his stats, and I guess I am skeptical.
He wants to be a Jason Williams and Steve Nash combo. Use this year's draft pick for what it is. Focus on the players currently on the roster and maybe a free agent.
If this guy could be a Celtic, then Boston needs to look into it.
I hated him this past season, which is why I wouldn't mind having him on our side next year.
Yes, there are obviously cap issues, but I've heard some fairly wild predictions and suggestions (whatever you want to call them) regarding the Celtics offseason, and this doesn't seem too far fetched.
Sign Grant Hill, Chris Andersen, or anyone who looks like they can give us a little something extra—remember, the Celtics aren't desperate, and that needs to be kept in mind. Shop around and see what comes up.
Everyone knows that this is still the team with the "Big Three", right? A big issue for the C's needs to be keeping who we have around.
Pierce, Garnett, Allen, Rondo, House (will someone give this guy the ball more often!?), Starbury (yes, he is worth keeping), Allen, Perkins, and Davis should stay.
Scalabrine, Moore, and Powe may be on their way out. Don't get me wrong, I love Big Scal's baseline 3's, and Powe is an amazing player (that knee is going to be a problem), but sometimes things need to change a little.
The Celtics are still an amazing team and they should expect nothing less than to raise another banner next year.
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